LONGMONT — Naomi Barron is making up for lost time.

The Skyline junior missed several games this season nursing a knee injury and her return to the Falcons lineup could not have come at a better time.

Barron, who Falcons coach Tina Skidmore calls “the best post player in the conference,” scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds (seven offensive) in the Falcons’ 47-42 upset victory against Mead on Tuesday night.

“It was just a matter of hustle, because you don’t want to give them any second chances,” Barron said. “We really wanted this win and we knew that if we got this win it would be a step up. The entire day we came together as a team and we worked as a team and we had our focus on getting the win.”

Skyline improved to 6-9 overall and the Falcons’ 4-3 mark in the Tri-Valley League is just a game behind the second-place Mavericks (9-7 overall, 5-2 league).

The Falcons erased a 26-20 halftime deficit by scoring the first eight points of the third quarter. Skyline hassled the usually offensively disciplined Mavericks into nine third-quarter turnovers and allowed them just four points.

“This is a team whose potential is limitless right now,” Skidmore said.

What was shaping up to be a fantastic finish never materialized, but the Falcons were okay with that. Skyline was up 37-34 when Mead’s Rylee Ward fouled out. Over the next 2 minutes, the Falcons went on a 8-0 run behind a 3-point play from Brianna Robison, a huge 3-pointer from Kaylee Spencer and basket from Barron that had Mead coach Mike Ward shaking his head.

“I don’t care who you are playing, you aren’t gong to win any games if you rebound as poorly as we did tonight,” said Ward, whose team was playing without junior Haylee McCullough due to illness. “They were hungry and they went after their offensive boards and we thought it was a good idea to stand and watch.”

Frustration set in for Mead, which was whistled for 28 personal fouls. The Falcons, however, couldn’t convert and went just 17 for 42 from the line — including 6 for 17 in the fourth quarter — to make things a little more interesting than they should have been down the stretch.

After Barron’s 17, the Falcons — who travel to league-leading Berthoud on Friday night — got nine points each from Spencer and Robison.

“”We were able to play four strong quarters, double figures every quarter, and that is good for us,” Skidmore said.

The Mavericks, who will try to bounce back on Friday night at Frederick, got all 14 points from Mikayla Martinez in the first and fourth quarters, and Martinez was the only Mead player in double figures. Katie Maher finished with six points.

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Skyline 47, Mead 42

At Mead

SKYLINE (6-9, 4-3)

Leah Osborn 0 5-11 5, Naomi Barron 6 5-6 17, Kaylee Spencer 3 1-4 9, Marie Montante 0 0-1 0, Alyssa Steed 2 3-7 7, Brianna Robison 3 3-7 9, Rachel Kissinger 0 0-0 0, Kelsey Robison 0 0-6 0. Totals 14 17-42 47.

MEAD (9-7, 5-2)

Kaylee Dion 2 0-1 4, Mikayla Martinez 4 6-10 14, Fei Daly 0 0-0 0, Abby Kraft 0 2-2 2, Marina Hanlon 1 0-2 3, Allison Majerus 1 1-2 3, Rachel Rayl 1 0-0 2, Kari Lozinski 2 1-1 5, Rylee Ward 1 1-2 3, Katie Maher 2 1-2 6. Totals 14 12-22 42.

Score by quarters:

Skyline  10  10  14  13  — 47

Mead  11  15  4  12  — 42

3-point field goals — Skyline (2): Spencer 2; Mead (2): Hanlon, Maher. Total fouls — Skyline 22; Mead 28. Fouled out — Steed; Ward.